Around that time, I started to really get into Star Wars podcasts. They were the aural wallpaper of my life. I enjoyed them so much that I said to myself, "Hey, I wanna give this a try!".
I didn't really have an special concept for a show, I just knew I wanted to talk to other Star Wars fans about about our shared love of that galaxy far, far away... So, with that in mind, I started The Expanded Fandomverse.
note: At the time, I thought this title was pretty punny! This was before the EU transformed into Legends, before the term "Expanded Universe" had so much baggage attached to it within the fan community. - If I had to do it all over again, I might have gone with The Millennium Fandom.
So anyway, I did ten episodes of The Expanded Fandomverse, which I called my beta-period. In this time I learned it was more fun to talk to fans who were doing things with their love of Star Wars, than to just sit down with random people and go "You like Star Wars? Hey, I like Star Wars too!". ---I also learned that I didn't like the sound of my own voice, and I would probably be better off with a co-host.
That's when I asked Mr. Jason Collier to join the show. He had been a guest during my beta-period, and seemed like a pretty good guy! So, we relaunched TEF, with the goal of talking to Star Wars fans (not SW Celebrities, not SW Creators, but SW Fans) who were doing awesome projects. Fan-films, podcasts, self-published authors, etc. We wanted makers and doers.
The new version of the show was so much fun to make! And while we were not the most polished Star Wars podcasters out there, we were recognized by StarWars.com! It was very exciting to be listed on their community page!
Jump ahead a year or two...
While The Expanded Fandomverse was a great hobby, real life stepped in. I wont go into the details here, but events in my personal life lead to new responsibilities that had taken up a huge chunks of my free time. Such large chunks, that I needed to step away from the microphone.
The Expanded Fandomverse lived on, but just without me. Jason Collier carried on, and I did pop in from time to time on the occasional episode, but, it's was longer my baby. But I was okay with that, it was in good hands with Jason!
But after some time away from podcasting, I have really missed doing a show. But try as I might, I just do not have the free time to produce one. For every hour of podcast you hear, there are at least three hours of work behind it! But rather then let me get this down, I started to think...
Some of my favorite Star Wars podcasts are short shows. Allen Voivod's Star Wars 7x7 is only 7 minutes long. Michael Corley's Vox Box Star Wars Comic Book Podcast is only 10 to 15 mins long. And Star Wars Minute clocks in around 20 minutes per episodes. So, I wondered, could I come up with a short show of my own? Something I could work on in the few free moments I have here and there in my day?
And with that, the idea for Less Than 12 Parsecs, the fastest Star Wars podcast in the galaxy, was born! Connecting with Jason once again, we started the Expanded Fandomverse Network, as a fun banner to hang our shows under.
My idea was a simple one... What could I do with only 5 minutes?
At first, I didn't think I would be able to do much. But I actually surprised myself. While not every episode is a masterpiece, I think I've come up with some fun stuff to listen to! And every episode has been fun to make, which is the more important part. This is only a hobby, I'm not a "professional fan", and hobbies are supposed to be fun... and it is!
Well, jump ahead another year or two, and it was Jason's turn to have to step away from the microphone. Live sometimes gets in the way of Star Wars, and takes you down different paths. So, it was with a touch of sadness that Jason decided to close up shop on The Expanded Fandomverse, and we shut down The Expanded Fandomverse Network.
But just as this was happening, The Force stepped in! I was contacted my pal Rob Williams from the Star Wars Commonwealth Podcast Network and asked if I had any interest in joining them. I jumped at the opportunity, and Less Than 12 Parsecs proudly became a part of an awesome group of shows!
Well, that's it. That is my long winded explanation of what Less Than 12 Parsecs is all about. It's short, it's fun, its ever evolving, and it's worth a listen. Come on, it's only 5 minutes, you know you have the time! ;-)
Thanks for reading & listening!